F. Salinger 's ' The Rye ' Essay

1078 Words May 17th, 2016 5 Pages
In literature, symbolism can be used to depict the problems that a main character shares with people in the real world. This is especially true with Holden Caulfield in Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger as Holden faces the pressures of parents with high expectations, as well as his own contradictions of everyday society. After Holden is kicked out of yet another private school, he refuses to face his parents and siblings and instead chooses to wander the city heedlessly while learning important life lessons. As Holden wanders the city, he continues to mention multiple symbols, which all represent his insecurities as he ponders these symbols when he feels anxious. Salinger portrays Holden’s desire to remove his insecurities through the use of Holden’s hunting cap, the ducks in Central Park, and Holden’s interpretation of “Comin’ Thro’ the Rye”by Robert Burns in order for Salinger to support the concept of Holden becoming mature over the course of Catcher in the Rye. Salinger portrays Holden’s desire to remove his insecurities through the use of Holden’s red hunting cap in order for Salinger to support the concept of Holden becoming mature. Holden puts on his cap whenever he feels insecure, or when he doesn’t feel self-conscious, like when he “took out (his) red hunting hat out of (his) pocket and put it on (and when he) didn’t give a damn how (he) looked,” (88) while he is walking back to the hotel. Holden is wearing his hat because it is cold, but he is also wearing it…

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